Police in Urbana, Illinois The Reverend Christopher Layden who is accused of selling cocaine from his church office and rectory. The 31-one-year old priest faces three criminal counts and has been suspended by the church.
Police report that the priest found with “about 3 grams of powder cocaine and items of drug paraphernalia” after a search of his offices. An informant told police that he has used cocaine with the priest “40 to 50 times” since 2007.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.